Denver Broncos top 15 free agent signings of all-time

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

45. . WR. (2014-Present). Emmanuel Sanders. 5. player

The 2014 offseason John Elway and the Broncos put together should go down in NFL history as one of the greatest — if not the greatest — of all-time.

Elway had seemingly exhausted all of his available salary cap space until out of the blue, the Broncos signed Emmanuel Sanders to a three-year contract worth $12 million.

It’s unfathomable in hindsight that the Broncos were ever able to get him at that price, but they did.

Sanders came aboard the Broncos’ roster at a time when they had just lost Eric Decker, who had become a fan favorite, and he really brought a new element to the Denver offense.

Sanders has speed unlike anything the Broncos have really had in recent memory at the receiver position. He has been so productive since 2014, he’s closing in on some all-time lists and records for Broncos wide receivers.

Though he’s struggling with injuries over the past couple of seasons, Sanders has developed into an elite playmaker at wide receiver since joining the Broncos.

In five seasons with the Broncos, Sanders has 4,994 receiving yards, 26 touchdown catches, two Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl win.